Lovely day again, and the garden is starting to look well. Even the Hellebore s are starting to lift their heads and look a little bolder.
And the primulas are really starting to show colour.
Mid morning I walked to the nearest pillar box to post a letter, so took a couple of photos on the way of early buildings near us. The one above is, I think, quite early Tudor.
The one above is probably a little earlier, but was given a facelift in 1714, and redated to that year, with a little pargetting work around the date (you'll probably have to enlarge the picture to see the date).
We had guests to lunch, our friends and fellow dealers, Keith and Jill. Ann gave us chicken with dried apricot inserts - recipe from friend Margaret - a great success, followed by cherry pie and cream, then a cheeseboard and coffee. Then Jill begged to go down to the undercroft (which she loves) and to see any fresh stock we had, after which a neolithic axe head (rather to my surprise) and a 'tithe pig' brass snuff box changed hands. I must say a business lunch is a nice, civilised way of trading. Should add that Ann had picked a few flowers from the garden for the above table decoration.
Got one or two jobs to do before bed time, so will close down now and wish you all a very Good Night.